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From left, Grayson Weatherford, Matt Luce, Reed Weatherford and Chris Rosengarten, owner of the boat Extra Kristi show off the winning catch – 44.4 pounds – Saturday, Aug. 13 at the 2022 Carolina Kingfish Classic at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Photo from Carolina Kingfish Classic Facebook page.

Beaufort crew wins 3rd straight Carolina Kingfish Classic

By Mike McCombs

One time is good, but it could be luck.

Twice is nice, definitely not luck.

Three times? You’re pretty good.

Grayson Weatherford, Matt Luce, Reed Weatherford and skipper Chris Rosengarten – are pretty good. This past weekend, August 11-13, the four Beaufort men, crew of the Extra Kristi, won the Carolina Kingfish Classic out of Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina for the third straight year.

The Extra Kristi – named for Rosengarten’s daughter – took the first King Mackerel to the scale, and it weighed in at 44.4 pounds. Pole Dancer was the closest competitor at 39.4 pounds.

Despite weather that was not inviting, 39 boats fished the tournament. The winning fish drew a winner’s check of $18,360.27.

Part of SKA Division 3, the fourth annual Carolina Kingfish Classic is one of four tournaments in the area that are King Mackeral Tournaments. The event is a benefit for the Windwood Family Services Boys Home (https://windwoodfarm.org/) in Awendaw.

Editor’s note: Reed Weatherford is the husband of The Island News contributor Cherimie Crane Weatherford.

Mike McCombs is the Editor of The Island News and can be reached at TheIslandNews@gmail.com.

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